Flash News: Oris 110 Years Limited Editions
By Thierry Ané on March 18, 2014
To commemorate its 110th anniversary, Swiss watch brand Oris has just unveiled a limited edition model that perfectly showcases its dedication to produce high-quality watches at an excellent value for money.
What makes the newcomer special is the calibre 110 inside: it is the first mechanical movement developed from scratch by the brand for 35 years. This elegant 34 mm manually-wound movement uses a single-barrelled system to offer 10 days of power reserve. It mixes the industrial beauty of its untouched bridges with the refinement of its edges polished and bevelled by hand.
Its most noticeable feature, however, remains the presence of an unusual complication for which the brand obtained a patent: a non-linear power reserve indication. Located at 3 o’clock, in perfect symmetry with the small seconds, the power reserve indicator appears on a semi-circular 10-day scale. The non-linearity does not refer to this trivial display arrangement: what is non-linear is the speed at which the hand crosses this scale. Look closely at the scale and you will notice that the 10 days are not equally spaced: at the top of the scale the notches representing the days are close together whereas they become further apart at the bottom. As the power is released the hand moves slowly at first and then more quickly as the notches become more spread out. It is consequently easier to assess the power left more accurately when it is really relevant (i.e. towards the end).
Two renditions of 110 pieces each will be produced: a stainless steel model with a black alligator strap and a rose gold version paired with a brown alligator strap. The case measures 43 mm in diameter and is water resistant to 30 meters. Both models feature the same opaline silver dial and are respectively priced at CHF 5,500 and CHF 14,800.
The watch looks very good and houses an interesting complication. If you factor in the very reasonable price, it becomes a very attractive model that will certainly sell out very quickly. For me, however, it is aesthetically too close to the IWC Portuguese Automatic. I would have liked to see this original complication showcased in a more original case.